Unlock the magic of Istanbul

Gaze over minarets or cruise down the Bosphorus in the city where East meets West. Istanbul will enchant you with its uniquely diverse atmosphere: lively bazaars, delicious cuisine and the opulence of Byzantine architecture await. Take a tour to uncover its magic.

Attractions in Istanbul

Blue Mosque
A beautiful and elaborate place of worship, the Blue Mosque is the most important legacy of a roguish Ottoman Sultan.
Hagia Sophia
The height of Byzantine architecture, the Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s must-see attractions.
Grand Bazaar
One of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is the ultimate shopping spot.
Topkapi Palace
The Sultans’ royal residence for four centuries, today Topkapi Palace is a spectacular museum.
Basilica Cistern
Hidden beneath the city is a vast and mysterious space, crowded with ancient Roman columns.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
The ancient pleasures of Constantinople are brought to life in this stunning historic site.
Spice Bazaar
An indoor market built in the 17th century, famous for its fantastic herbs and spices.
The Bosphorus
Separating East and West, the dramatic Bosphorus strait is perfect for a fabulous cruise.
The Harem of the Sultans
With over 300 tiled and ornate rooms, the harem was where the royal family's apartments and private retreat were.
The Circumcision Room
Under the Ottoman Empire, each year there were circumcision ceremonies and festivals, which took place for days on end, in which the many princes of the empire were circumcised.
Apartments of the Queen Mother
Because the sultans were often young, the woman whose children became sultan were exulted above all others living in the harem and were given special quarters to represent their unique status.
Library of Ahmed III
Known for his lavish expenses, Ahmed III (sultan from 1703-1730) added several rooms to the Topkapi Palace, amongst them - three libraries.
Imperial Treasury Room at the Topkapi Palace
Comprising of several rooms, the treasury rooms at the palace are some of the most lavish in the entire palace, full of artifacts from the Ottoman Empire, including large diamonds and gold-encrusted objects.
Galata Tower
This medieval stone tower offers stunning vistas over Istanbul.
Cicek Pasaji
This famous historic passage originally called the Cité de Péra is a must-see in the city.
Church of St. Anthony of Padua
Is the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul.
Roman Catholic Church Santa Maria Draperis
Is one of the most historic Roman Catholic churches in Istanbul.
Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church
It was built in 1880 and is considered the largest Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul today, still in use by the Greek community in the city.
Neve Shalom Synagogue
Located in the Karaköy quarter of Beyoğlu district, the synagogue was built due to an increase in the Jewish population in the old Galata neighborhood in the late 1930s.
Taksim Square
Discover the vibrant Taksim Square, the central point of metropolitan Istanbul.
Dolmabahce Palace
Built for the Ottoman sultans to live in once the Topkapi Palace was considered out of fashion, the Dolmabahce Palace lies on the water's edge of the Bosphorus.
Yildiz Park
Yildiz Park is a historical, urban park in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. It is one of the largest park in Istanbul with diversity of flowers, plants and beautiful trees.
Ortakoy Mosque
Ortakoy Mosque overlooks the Bosphorus and was built in 1853 by the order of Sultan Abdülmecid I.
Ortakoy neighbourhood
Ortakoy is a lively suburb in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, on the European side of the city, located below the suspension bridge.
Turkish Han
Ottoman structures built as urban hotels, stables, and wholesale marketplaces.
One of the city's historic districts, dating back to the Byzantine Empire, the district is now full of cool shops and cafes.
Bosphorus Bridge
Connecting Europe and Asia, the Bosphorus Bridge is a spectacular engineering feat and was the longest suspension bridge in Europe when it was completed in 1973.
Ciragan Kempinski Palace
Now a 5-star hotel, the former palace along the Bosphorus has an exterior made entirely of marble and maintains its original baroque architecture.
Rumeli Hisari Fortress
Built in the 15th century, the fortress was built to block supply chains for the Byzantine empire to its capital Constantinople. Now the museum is open to the public to explore.
Istiklal Street
Istanbul’s ‘Independence Avenue’ is a popular promenade filled with galleries, bookstores, cafés and more.
Süleymaniye Camii
Located on the Third Hill, Süleymaniye Camii is the largest mosque and one of the most distinctive sights in Istanbul.
Sehzade Camii
Dedicated to Sultan Süleyman's son, this peaceful place showcases the early talents of Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.
Galata Köprüsü
The famous bridge over the Golden Horn, with wonderful views of old Istanbul.
Chora Museum
A former Byzantine church in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Chora is home to the world’s finest mosaics and frescoes.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Once the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, this museum houses a unique collection of calligraphy, tiles and rugs.


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